International Women’s Day 2020 marks one year since Yasaman Aryani walked through a train carriage in Iran, handing out flowers in a peaceful act of protest – demanding that women be allowed to choose what they wear.
For that simple act she was arrested and sentenced to 16 years in prison. After months of pressure, Iran has reduced Yasaman’s sentence to 5 years and 6 months in prison.
Now, we need to apply even more pressure for Yasaman’s immediate release – and show the Iranian authorities the amount of support there is for her freedom.
What can you do?
To mark the first anniversary of her arrest, in April Amnesty supporters will head to the Iranian Embassy in Canberra, and hand over more than 100,000 petition signatures and thousands of ‘freedom flowers’ calling for Yasaman’s freedom.
No matter where you live, you can take part by creating beautiful freedom flowers to display at the embassy! You can also sign the petition in support of Yasaman’s release and ask your friends, families and colleagues to do the same.
Here’s how to get involved!
- Sign the petition if you haven’t already!
- Find some paper (any will do!) and follow the flower folding instructions here (PDF, 234 KB).
- TA DA! You now have a beautiful origami freedom flower!
- Get social! Snap a photo of your flower in solidarity and post with #Flowers4Yasaman and tag us on twitter: @amnestyOz or on lnstagram: @amnestyaustralia
- Want your flowers to join thousandss of others in the freedom bouquet to the Iranian Embassy in Canberra? Mail your flowers to: Amnesty International Australia, Suite 1/41 Robertson St, Fortitude Valley OLD 4006
Why take part?
Yasaman remains at grave risk of torture and abuse while detained in Iran’s notorious Evin prison – we must continue to call for her immediate release.
Iranian women’s rights activist Yasaman Aryani stood up for the rights of women to be free, now we need to stand with her.
Need more info? Download the resources below to find out everything you need to know to make a difference.Origami freedom flowers